After multiple previews and teasers since its first public debut in July 2018, Honda Malaysia has finally launched the facelifted Honda HR-V along with its confirmed specifications and pricing. It is also the first time the HR-V is available with a hybrid powertrain.
There will be four variants of the refreshed HR-V available starting with the entry-level 1.8L E at RM108,800, 1.8L V at RM118,800, 1.8L RS at RM124,800 and 1.5L Hybrid at RM120,800. Like the product positioning of the Jazz and City Hybrid, the HR-V Hybrid is more expensive than the mid-spec V-spec but gets equipment levels of the base E-spec.
|Name||Honda HR-V 1.8L E||Honda HR-V 1.8L V||Honda HR-V 1.8L RS||Honda HR-V 1.5L Hybrid|
|Engine||1,799cc; 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC|
|Max Power||142 hp @ 6,500 rpm|
|Max Torque||172 Nm @ 4,300 rpm|
|Price (OTR without insurance)||RM108,800||RM118,800||RM124,800||RM120,800|
As previewed before, the HR-V E comes with a pair of halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, platinum design Honda Wing grille, new fog lamp housings and an additional chrome trim across the tailgate. Items like the 17-inch dual-tone five-spoke alloy wheel design (now wrapped in 215/55 profile Continental UltraContact UC6 rubbers) and dotted LED taillamps are carried over from before.
On the outside, the HR-V Hybrid will look exactly like the HR-V E save for some Hybrid badging to identify the model variant. The sad news is that the more expensive hybrid variant will not feature goodies of the V grade HR-V such as full LED reflector headlamps, LED fog lamps dual bar type LED taillamps and chrome door handles.
The HR-V RS (short for Road Sailing) on the other hand gets a sportier appearance from the Sport Design body kit in gloss black as well upsized 18-inch dual-tone alloys wrapped in 225/50 Continental UC6 tyres. It is also the only variant in Honda Malaysia’s line up to feature the new Passion Red Pearl paint job.
As standard, all variants of the facelifted HR-V come with a multifunctional steering wheel with paddle shifters, Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Hold, keyless entry and start, automatic climate control, half leather upholstery, 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with HDMI connectivity, four-speakers, cruise control and reverse camera.
Stepping up to the HR-V V adds black leather upholstery, eight-way powered driver’s seat and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Only in the HR-V RS you’ll find an Ivory White upholstery and sports pedals. Unfortunately, even the top-spec V grade and RS also gets four-speakers, down from the six-speaker set up on the pre-facelift top-grade model.
Petrol powered-only variants of the HR-V soldiers on with the same 1.8-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine and CVT combo pushing out 142 hp and 172 Nm to drive the front wheels. The HR-V RS is the only variant to feature Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering rack for a more accurate handling response.
The HR-V Hybrid uses a Sport Hybrid i-DCD system that combines a 1.5-litre naturally four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine (132 hp/156 Nm) and an electric motor (29.5 hp/160 Nm) to give a combined output of 152 hp and 190 Nm of twist. Drive is channelled to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
As standard all variants of the HR-V facelift come with six airbags, ABS, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist and Emergency Stop Signal while the Honda Lane Watch Camera that transmits a live feed to the infotainment screen via a camera mounted on the passenger side mirror is exclusive to the top of the range HR-V RS.
The facelifted HR-V is available in five colour options – Passion Red Pearl (HR-V RS only), Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Ruse Black Metallic, and White Orchid Pearl (RM300 option). Offered together with the New HR-V are three accessories packages namely Modulo Package at RM5,737, Urban Package at RM1,716 and Utility Package at RM902.
Every purchase of the facelifted Honda HR-V comes with a 5-Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty while the hybrid battery pack comes with an 8-Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty.
Honda HR-V RS Facelift First Drive
Honda HR-V E Preview
Honda HR-V Hybrid